Saturday, May 10, 2014

Giving Vinyl a Makeover

It's so hard to believe that it has been almost a year since the last time I posted on my blog. I had such high hopes of being able to take time to post once I returned to the workforce, however I can see that isn't going to happen.

However, today I've done something that I was so excited about and had to share. I'm only in the beginning stages but I'm amazed that this is working. There are many things that I've tried in my DIY life. Some turned out really well and others....not so much. 

Here is where it started... We have this wonderful pontoon boat that we purchased new in 1999. This boat has brought so many hours of fun for our family over the last 15 years. Our boys were 5 & 6 years old when we bought it which is so hard to believe. 

Not the best picture but you get the idea! Well, over time without a garage, the mold and mildew began to take it's toll on our beautiful boat. I tried everything to get the stain off with no luck. Here is what it looks like now. Just makes me want to cry.

This is after scrubbing and power washing everything. I went online and read what I could find about cleaning the vinyl seats but nothing seems to work. Then I came across something called vinyl paint. I've painted everything else you can imagine, why not vinyl?

So I ordered it and it sat for another year because it is an overwhelming job to me. Today I decided it was time to at least test it out. Tell me what you think?



I'm amazed how soft and flexible it bonded to the vinyl. Now granted, I have to do all of the off white vinyl but that's okay as long as it works. Mr. Creative is going to have to help me do the taping off since I don't have the patience. 

I will do more reveal pictures when we are done. Hoping to finish up this weekend. Here is another before and after of a second test I did.



I wish all of you mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow. I will be working on projects, but that's okay! Thank you for stopping by to check in on me from time to time!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduation and Front Porch Summer Decorating

My posts have been very few over the last few months. I've been working more hours at work which limits my time at home while trying to work on projects at home. Very hard to find time to maintain a blog with that kind of schedule. Thankfully I don't have the added pressure of keeping a schedule for my readers since my blog isn't about making money!!

This is real life decorating when you work full time outside the home! It isn't organized or always pretty but it is REAL!!

Our youngest son just graduated from high school! So proud and ready for the next stage of life for him and for us. Just so you are aware, Mr. Creative is 6' 2" and I'm 5' 11" so it is quite obvious that our baby boy is 6'6" because I look short!!

Of course graduation meant a "graduation party"! That means let's try to kill ourselves to get all those things done around the house that we have just let go over the past few summers! We patched asphalt, cut a quarter mile of weeds along the road, power washed the house and decks, stained the porch and deck, painted outside furniture, painted the inside two story foyer/family room and painted inside furniture. There was still more things that needed to be done that just didn't make it!

I'll show you the front porch today! Those boxwood bushes need to be pulled out and new landscaping planted. Maybe this fall!

The wishing well that hides our well pump got a nice coat of redwood stain! Oh and a basket of flowers.

I stained the glider again and made some flower arrangements. I've decided to go with faux flowers on the porch now because we are gone most every weekend in the summer and real flowers die if not watered everyday! Not interior decorator appropriate but a real life adjustment!

The rocker used to be the old dark stained kind that we got from Mr. Creative's grandma. It wasn't getting any use inside so I decided to paint it white and move it to the porch. Now someone sits in it almost every day!

Another view from the side.

A view from sitting on the glider. Shadow isn't supposed to be on the front porch but he found the gate opened and sneaked his way up there! I have two hummingbird feeders that they are just fighting over. I enjoy sitting out there and watching them!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to post pictures of our foyer sometime soon!


Friday, April 19, 2013

I was Flooded In!

What an unbelievable spring we are having here in the Midwest. Last summer was a severe drought. This winter was average but maybe a little warmer than normal. This spring has been crazy! The first day of spring gave us 8" of snow! Now we received 4" of rain! 

Here is what it looked like off our back deck! There are two hillsides that come together behind our house. We have a drainage pipe that couldn't handle all the water and leaves so it began to fill and overflow into our yard.

As it flowed past our deck towards the slope to our lower area.

Rushing down the slope.

Following the run off channel towards our road.

At the bottom where it went everywhere in the lower yard. You can kind of see our house up on the hill.

The river of water flowing down our gravel road. It looks like gravel but it was solid water all the way!

One of two low water bridges we cross. I couldn't get to the second one, obviously. There is a piece of concrete under that water somewhere!

Crazy times! I had one boy stuck at home with me and the other boy on the outside wanting to come home after school! The good news is that it takes a lot to make it do this and it goes down low enough to drive through within an hour or so of the rain stopping/diminishing.

I hope everyone else is safe and sound! Have a great weekend!



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